How to make someone smile with photoshop

Written by filonia lechat
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Both novice and highly experienced photographers turn to Adobe’s Photoshop software for its editing and touch-up capabilities. The program allows you to erase someone who barged into a group photo, turn a grey sky bright blue and change the colour of a T-shirt. If you’ve discovered that someone happens to be frowning in your group picture, there’s no need to take the photo again. In Photoshop, you can literally turn that frown upside down.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital image

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  1. 1

    Open a photo in Photoshop by clicking the "File" menu (at the top left), then select "Open" and browse to where your photo is on your computer.

  2. 2

    Zoom in to the face of the frowning person by clicking the "Ctrl" button and the "plus (+)" sign. Then centre the face on your screen.

  3. 3

    Click and highlight the "Background" layer located in the Layers palette.

  4. 4

    Click the "Lasso" tool, which is on the main tools palette on the left of your screen.

  5. 5

    Draw a line around the mouth you want to change. Try to be as precise as possible, but don’t worry about exactness. A dotted line of “marching ants” appears on the screen.

  6. 6

    Right-click on the dotted line and select "Layer via Copy." Look in your Layers palette; a new layer called "Layer 1" has appeared. Right-click on the layer and select "Layer Properties." In the "Name" box, change it to "Mouth," then click the "OK" button. The name of the layer in the palette changes to "Mouth."

  7. 7

    Navigate to Edit (top toolbar). Select "Transform" and then select "Flip Vertical." The new "Mouth" layer flips upside down. The person is now smiling, although it most likely looks a touch out of place.

  8. 8

    Click the "Move" tool in the left tools palette (a black arrow head with a small cross by it). Move your "Mouth" layer into better place.

  9. 9

    Go back to the Layers palette and click the small, right-pointing arrow in a circle at the top of the box. Select "Flatten Image."

  10. 10

    Save your image as a new one (never save on top of the original) by clicking "File" and "Save As." Create a new name for the file.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't panic if you're not happy with something you have done. Start again if you have not overwritten your original image. You can also navigate to "Edit," then click "Undo" or "Step Backwards," which removes the last changes you made on the picture.

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